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Lockport obits for the week of Jan. 15

SCHEFFLER, Elizabeth “Mae,” nee Ward, 93, entered into eternal peace on Jan. 11, 2014 at the Odd Fellows and Rebekah’s Rehabilitation Center.

Elizabeth Mae was born on Jan. 22, 1920 a daughter of the late Ira Daniel and Dora Belle (nee Dodge) Ward.

She attended school in Wilson and soon after began working as a waitress. She also worked in many local businesses many of which are no longer familiar to most of us. She was a waitress at the Olcotta Restaurant in Olcott, where she fondly remembered receiving a $5 tip from Louis Armstrong.

She worked at Scheffler’s Hardware, Scheffler’s Restaurant, Schultz’s Lakeside Market, Nevin’s Red and White, and Russ Hulbert’s pickle factory, all local Wilson businesses.

She also worked for many years mending felts at the Newfane Felt Mill. After “retiring” she worked as a seamstress out of her home mending and tailoring clothing for many of the Wilson community.

Mae always made the best of every situation and loved every job she had.

Mae was a member of Exley United Methodist Church, the Lockport Rebekah Lodge, St. Paul’s Lutheran Bible study and quilter’s groups, and the Wilson and Newfane Golden Agers.

Mae loved life and had many hobbies and interests during her wonderful life. Some of the things she could be found enjoying were fishing(a Mother’s Day tradition), playing cards, sewing quilts, doing cross-word puzzles, making dolls, camping with family, bowling, playing bingo, reciting poetry (often some she learned in grade school) and she especially cherished spending time with her family.

Mae was a very kind and fun-loving person. She had a generous heart and always gave everyone the benefit of the doubt.

She was pre-deceased by her husband, Gordon Scheffler in 1996; her sister, Shirley Reising of Sebring Fla. and her sister, Mary Cleveley of Wilson.

Mae (or Mae-Mae as her great-grandchildren called her), leaves her loving memories to be cherished by her daughters, Susanne Elko and Patricia Drewes of Wilson; her grandchildren, Teresa (Ronald) Kam, Trisha Drewes of Wilson, Patti (Patrick) O’Keefe of Russell, Ohio and Renee Drewes of Simpsonville, S.C.; her great-grandchildren, Jordan (Sabrina) Kam of Ransomville, Joseph Kam and Emily Mae Kam of Wilson, Heather (Kevin) Zastrocky of Lockport, Peyton, Parker and Abbey O’Keefe of Russell and Bryce Drewes of Wilson; her friend, Joyce, Rohring and her lifelong “pal” Geraldine Swann; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Hamilton Clark Funeral Home, 270 Young St., Wilson. Burial will be private.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. box 3049, Syracuse, N.Y, 13220. Visit

STEPHENSON, Patricia Jane of Lockport passed away Jan. 9, 2014 in Niagara Hospice House.

Born March 20, 2014 in Niagara Falls, she was a daughter of the late Edmund J. and Audrey I (Bridgeman) Stephenson.

Patricia attended local schools in Niagara Falls and in 1960 met and married Gary Ramming, Sr. She worked for General Motors, Harrisons and was a stay at home mom. She enjoyed yard work, bingo, crocheting, crafts, ceramics and sewing.

Patricia was an excellent seam-stress. She made all of her children’s clothes as well as her own. She also loved to make lap Afghans for the residents at Heritage Manor in Niagara Falls. Most of all she loved spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by a son, Gary Ramming, Jr. (Lori Wells); and daughter, Tracy (Randy) Kaiser; stepchildren, Kerri Newman and Jeremy Kaiser; brother, Larry J. Stephenson; and sister, Wanda E. (Donald) Burrows. Also survived by 16 nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and nephews.

Patricia is predeceased by two brothers, Edmund and Donald Stephenson; and one sister, Lydia L. O’Shea.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Exley United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Niagara Hospice Alliance, 4675 Sunset Drive Lockport, N.Y. 14094.

Arrangements by the Hamilton and Clark Funeral Home, 270 Young Street, Wilson.

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SANNEY, Patricia C. passed away Jan. 4, 2014 in Buffalo General Medical Center.

Born in Lockport on Sept. 12, 1953 she was the daughter of the late Donald and Marilyn (Howard) Rutty and step-daughter of the late Russell Montgomery.

Patricia is survived by her husband of 30 years John Sanney of Lockport; mother of John Sanney, Jennifer (Jason) Eckertson, Amanda (Jim Breeze) Sanney and Angel Sanney all of Lockport; grandmother of five; sister of Gary (Andrea) Rutty, Kenneth (Jeanne) Rutty and the late Donald Rutty, Sandra McCoy and Debra Hood; also survived by several nieces and nephews.


BOND, Doreen I. passed away Jan. 5, 2014 in Briody Health Care Facility.

Born in Toronto, Ontario on Sept. 28, 1925 she was the daughter of Leslie and Gladys (Taylor) Blythe.

Doreen worked for the Toronto Star where she was a secretary and also Bell’s Grocery Store, Lockport where she was a buyer and a manager. She volunteered at Eastern Niagara Hospital, Lockport, the Senior Citizen Center and enjoyed camping.

Doreen was predeceased by her husband, Joseph R. Bond in 1985; and her son, Richard Bond.

Doreen is survived by her daughter, Linda (Anthony) DiPaolo of Lockport; grandmother of Diana Sparks, Sandra (Michael) Sperduti, Ben (Kari) DiPaulo, Tracey Bond, Jeremy Bond and Joseph Bond; great-grandmother of James Sparks, Mason Sparks, Sandra Sparks, Jacquilyn Sperduti, Samanatha Sperduti and Anthony DiPaolo.


PITISS, Mary E. of Lockport passed away Jan. 6, 2014 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital.

Born in Buffalo on May 29, 1945 she was the daughter of William T. and Celestine (Work) Hamilton.

Mary worked for the VNA where she was a medical records clerk for 16 years retiring in 2008. She enjoyed camping, knitting and crocheting. Mary volunteered at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church and was a lifelong girl scout.

Mary is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Roger Pitiss of Lockport; cherished mother of Eileen Pitiss of West Seneca, James Pitiss of Lockport, Gary Pitiss of Wheatfield, Carolyn (Ray) Rustowicz of Hamburg and Sharon (Lars) Hansen of Fairbanks, Ark.; beloved grandmother of Nicholas, Brittany, Angelika, Timothy, Gary, Matthew and Rorik; beloved great-grandmother of Braydin; caring sister of Tom (Gail) Hamilton of Rochester, Carol (John) Galus of St. Louis, Mo. and Joan Stoddard of West Seneca; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Entombment will be in Queen of Heaven Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, Tenn. 38101-9908 would be appreciated by the family.


PRATT, Pauline M. passed away Jan. 6, 2014.

Born in Lackawanna on July 8, 1956 she was the daughter of Phillip A. and Emma (Eifert) Pratt, Sr.

Pauline worked as a nurses assistant at Lockport Memorial Hospital.

She enjoyed trivia, helping others, reading and especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

Pauline is survived by her children, Diana (Shawn Grate) Harrison of Niagara Falls, Sara Harrison-Schramm of Lockport, Isabelle Harrison-Schramm of Niagara Falls, William (Siobhan) Harrison-Schramm of Lockport and Matthew Harrison of Lockport; grandmother of 10; sister of Dorothy S. (Kenneth) Hill of Buffalo and the late Phillip A. (late Patricia) Pratt; cousins of Diane (John) Gibson of Lockport.

Memorial donations to Save-A-Pet would be appreciated.


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